Saturday, March 19, 2011

What I've done with my Salvation Army Finds!!

I know I promised to show y'all what I did with some of my thrift store finds ages ago. 
I finally got around to cleaning and decorating the kitchen!  This is is where I put a good portion of them.
Here are the kitchen "before" pictures.
Beware!!!  LOTS of clutter.  While I was recuperating, things got a bit out of control!

Most of my "treasures" have just been thrown up on top of the cupboards, waiting for me to do something with them.

Above the sink.  More junk just thrown up there.

My most recent and favorite find, the Red Rooster!

I LOVE my curtains!

Pot rack out of my old shop.  We brought it with from our old house.  It really helps free up cupboard space.

Messes and clutter, this is what I woke up to.

We don't have a liquor cabinet, and this has been sitting here since we moved 1.5 yrs ago.

So here is the AFTER!!
I moved all the magnets to the side of the fridge so they don't dominate the kitchen. There is a HUGE void above the fridge, and I am not sure if I should just leave it alone, or if I should add something. 

The lamp came out of a resale shop, and my hubby replaced the "guts" for me.  The shade it too big :(  I think I need to look for another one at Hobby Lobby.  But you get the idea.  My cookbook stand came from the Community Thrift store, and my Cheese cloche and pears are all thrifty finds.

More community thrift finds.  We boxed up all the other clutter, until we purchase or RE-purpose a liquor cabinet of sorts.

My Dad's carnival glass...I end up making compromises to keep the peace ;)

I found the large platter like this one at the Salvation Army, then found this small one at TJ MAX!  I was in disbelief when I realized that the one I found at the Salvation Army was brand new!!!

Beaded grapes from pier one in the middle dish, also from the community thrift store.  I will need to use this in a vignette someday.

This is sooo much better than before, doncha think?

Here is the LARGE platter from the Salvation Army, and my Community Thrift rooster!

I am not crazy about how it looks above the cabinets right now...It needs something.  What do you think?

Clean counter-tops!! 

Please, ignore the bubble in the laminate counter-top that is on my hunny-do list.

Both topiary and the fruit basket are from the Community Thrift store.  I love the way it looks filled with apples!

As you can see, I have been a busy girl!  The kitchen still needs some tweaking, but it came a long way since I woke up this morning. 

I know I need greenery in my house/kitchen, but what else is it  missing to make it look more polished and put together?  I am always looking for suggestions, from all you wonderful and talented homemakers.

Blessings!  <3 Paula 



  1. Love roosters in the kitchen. And a lamp on the counter is always so cozy at night. Yours is very bright and cheery. Visiting from Debbies.

  2. Hi I'm coming over from Debbie's and it's great to meet you. You did a great job there and I like how you are able to display so many things you love. I have very limited counter space so mostly have the appliances there. I became a follower and I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

  3. Oh it looks wonderful. I love all of your displays. Your kitchen is lovely. I especially like the little lamp. It all fabulous. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  4. Hi, visiting from Debbies. Your kitchen is beautiful, I love lamps in the kitchen!

  5. Popped over from Debbiedoos. Love your cute kitchen. Great red roo. I love red and love roosters. I also love using lamps in the kitchen to add a homey feeling. Come on over some time.

  6. Your kitchen is lovely! Love the little lamp, and love your roosters! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting a Throwback Thursdays Party, and would love it if you swung by and linked up something you made/bought/did from before blogging. I can't wait to see what you bring.

  7. Hi! I came to see you from Debbie's blog, and I am happy I did!!
    Your kitchen looks lovely!! I LOVE roosters too! I have a bunch in my kitchen, and I hope to show some pics of that soon, but it is a work in progress.
    How could you improve it you ask? IDK. I think it looks lovely!!
    I'm also your newest follower!!

  8. Hi ! I'm visiting from Debbie's blog and I love seeing that your photos depict a REAL home. I noticed that we are neighbors too!! Happy Sunday to you.

  9. You worked really hard!
    It looks so nice!
    I think the lampshade is charming, and not too big.
    What color is that blue?
    It's beeyooteeful!

  10. I'm stopping in from Debbie's. I love what you have done with your kitchen, It made me look at the area above my cabinets and I think I need to do a little rearranging, too! lol! I love the little lamp on your counter...I am thinking of doing something like that. It's so pretty at night!

    Hope you are having a great weekend! :-)


  11. Hi Paula,
    Stopping by from Debbiedoos. Your kitchen looks very nice! also loved your office. As soon as one of my kiddo's start college I plan to have an office that relaxing. :) I LOVE your rosters. I hope I can find some like that. I have a couple of real ones so I would really like to find one for my kitchen. Hope your enjoying this beautiful Spring day!

  12. Your kitchen looks wonderful! I like the white cabinets and green walls with colorful's quite similar to my own. The red rooster is fantastic, as is the lamp! I couldn't help but notice the duel coffee it! I have also been a SAHM for 15 years- where did the time go? I'm visiting from Debbiedoos. I'm following now.

  13. What a pretty kitchen. Don't you feel good when things are organized? I want your rooster and rooster platter; just darling. Great job. Looking forward to visiting your often now that I found you at Debbiedoos. Isn't she the greatest??? Peggy

  14. Wow! Paula, I'm loving all of your kitchen ideas and great "finds" as we say!
    I came over from Debbie's blog. Hope you come visit me.

  15. You kitchen looks great! I just became a friend and follower. Hope you will consider same. I'm visiting from Debbie's part.

    Please stop by for my Giveaway!!

  16. This is sweet! I love how homey and cozy your kitchen looks.. it's nice to see a kitchen that looks like someone actually lives in it. :)

    Visiting from Debbie's!


  17. Great job, the kitchen looks wonderful. I am visiting from Debbie's Newbie Party.

  18. Hi again Paula, thanks for stopping by my blog. I had a bit more time this morning to look at your gorgeous kitchen. I really like your pot looks very vintage. Is it made of tin tiles?

  19. hiya visiting from debbies newbie party x love the kitchen super neat and tidy and the glass ware is great on the units too x tfs hope to see ou at mine soon

  20. I love it. Didn't really seem too cluttered before but I do see a difference. I do the same with my refrigerator--place the calendar and a couple of magnets on the side so that the front is clear.

    Love the curtains and the lamp. I don't really think it needs anything else.
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a nice bright room. I love the white cabinets. They are very clean looking.

  22. Wow you have been a busy bee!

  23. I love the use of lamps on the kitchen counter-yours looks very charming! It was a great idea to hang a mirror behind the sink. I bet it visually opens things up.Pop over and visit me at Brambly, I'd love to hear from you. Take care.


  24. Love, love, love the lamp!! You have a beautiful collection of goodies to display. Stopping by from the Goodbye House, Hello Home Link Party!

  25. Wanted to, because I forgot to, tell you thank you for coming by my place for the Purge Party.
    It may not be the most popular subject, but I think you'd agree, that the freedom we find when we hold our hand open to receive and release blessings is worth more than anything this world has to cling to...
    Love, me

  26. I love it! It looks so nice and homey! I do think it looks a bit bare on top of the cabinets, but I think thats okay.. you dont want TOO much up there!

  27. You did a good job fixing your kitchen, very nice.
    All the details are very pretty, it is very cozy and homey! I love the clean look on top of the cabinets, something here and there is perfect!

  28. Hi Paula...

    Ohh my have been a busy girl! It looks beautiful, my friend! I love how you decorated the tops of the cabinets with your recent treasure finds! My favorite...that pretty rooster platter and red those!!! I also like your Dad's carnival glass! Well dear lady, you certainly created some lovely vignettes atop your looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your treasure finds and your beautifully redecorated kitchen with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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